Eating Pasta With Gennaro Contaldo

Unfortunately, a saying such as 'No Carbs Before Marbs' or 'No Pizza Before Ibiza' is an impossible task for a girl who loves food this much.  So when I got asked if I wanted to eat pasta with the worlds best Italian chef, you can imagine my response.

Jamie's Italian in St Davids had invited a few of us down for a masterclass with Gennaro Contaldo. I usually avoid making pasta dishes because I think it will be a lengthy process, with millions of ingredients. This is where Gennaro proved me wrong. 

After a quick chat over coffee, it was time to get stuck in. On the table in front of us layed 4 very simple ingredients. Fresh eggs, durum wheat, flour and pasteurized eggs. 

Within seconds Gennaro had mixed these all up and we were making neat little handfuls of pasta.

With this, we moved to the kitchen where the magic really happened. The freshest, brightest ingredients were along the worktop and Gennaro started chopping and ripping into them as if it were an art. We were all watching in awe as he was throwing things into the pan, that was filling the kitchen with the most delicious aroma.

The dishes he prepared literally took minutes and used only a handful of ingredients. After they were all cooked up it was time to try them, I was clutching at my fork like my life depended on it. 

The first one was tomato based and made up of lots of cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, chilli's and pancetta, it was AMAZING!! Of course with a generous helping of Parmesan too.

Then we had a mushroom one, which was made up of different types of mushroom, stock, tomatoes and herbs. This was really earthy and seriously good.

We also had a cod dish. Now I am not big on fish but this one was enough to convert me to the seafood life for good. It was cooked with white wine, chillis, capers, anchovies, olives, tomatos and garlic. We soaked up the juice with bread and all sat in silence with a muffled "OMG" every now and then.

Over food we were chatting and I asked Gennaro what his favourite dish was, to which he leapt up and ran to the kitchen, returning minutes later with a creamy, truffle pasta dish. It was to die for.

So that was my lunch time yesterday. It was so refreshing to see someone so passionate about food and serving up a dish that was made with such love and goodness. 

If there is anything I can teach you from my day, it is to invest in some good extra virgin olive oil and to keep your cherry tomatoes out of the fridge. My whole life I have been living a lie by keeping these little blighters all chilly in the fridge.

Thank you Jamies Italian, St Davids and Gennaro for a fabulous day!


The Jady Brunch

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As my blog has accidentally turned into a foodie haven, for a while I have been searching for a new name. So after a cocktail or 6 with the clique, the conversation turned to the all important renaming of my blog.

With the sheer devastation that my mum didn't call me Judy (Brunch & Judy would have been fantastic.) I got the girls thinking, and over guac and gin, The Jady Brunch was born.

Its like The Brady Bunch, but it's just me and my brunch. 

Expect all things foodie and fabulous.


P.s Thank you WGP, Sophie, Nina & the bottle of Gin. who helped me come up with this fabulous name.


How Pancakes Can Cause A Breakup

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Firstly you will have to forgive me for the lack of pictures, I was in fact just trying to save my relationship and well, taking pictures must have slipped my mind. 

As me and Ki both had a day off mid-week, I had already planned my breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Course I did) So I woke up thinking of pancakes and fresh coffee.

As you can probably tell, I love anything that is full of goodness, so I decided on trying a healthier version. Half a tin of coconut milk, 100g of buckwheat flour, a teaspoon of bicarbonate and 3 eggs later, it was a decision I deeply regretted. 

A decision that caused a lot of F words and a man violently flipping pancakes, claiming that "WE HAVE TO EAT THEM OR ITS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY." I didn't. I made some oats and watched as he ate the cardboard like circles in a big huge mood.

So as Shrove Tuesday is just around the corner, take my words of advice and stick to the naughty stuff. Lather it in butter, chocolate and syrup and enjoy every fluffy moment. 

I know I will be...


Two Fingers Drinks

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Any event that involves a bunch of my favourite people, with promises of gin and snacks is my idea of heaven. 

So Saturday, after a brief encounter with the Queen mother and her corgie at the door, I found myself in Nina's flat that had been transformed into a funky little bar.

Now I love a cheeky cocktail, but these usually involve a bodycon dress and eyelashes that touch my forehead, if it's not that, it will be me making a huge, sticky mess in the kitchen. This is where Two Fingers Drinks come in and let you wave goodbye to sticky floors and the washing up.

So here you can swap that bodycon dress for a baggy shirt, those heels for mouse slippers and sit back, Tim will do the rest.

It's a pretty simple process, you pick 3 of your fave cocktails beforehand and Tim will shake them up for you, all from the comfort of your own home. He will even bring them over to you in return for brownies.

We all love gin, so we picked ours within seconds. The first one was La Boheme, this was my favorite and I think I had 5 of these by the end of the night, but it's ok because Tim said they are hangover free. I think I remember elderflower and was delicioussss!

The next one we had was a Brambellini which was inhaled rather quickly, I then made loud slurping noises with my straw just to remind everyone to drink up.

The last one we had was a tall Peach Melba Collins and yes, it was as fantastic as its name.

We also had scrummy treats, Sophie provided gooey, salted caramel brownies, Nina provided the most delicious plum cake and WGP provided us all with abs of steel from making us laugh so much, I (as always) came with an abundance of animal knowledge. 

Just in case you are ever stuck for a nugget of knowledge, go with these ones: 

Female snakes don't have boobs and there is a mantas shrimp that CAN solve a rubix cube. Honestly, they were all amazed.

I would struggle to find a better way to spend a Saturday and already can't wait until we do it again, it got a little foggy towards the end, but I woke up to an interesting google history and my browser open on 'Sad Monkey In Swimsuit' so it must have been a good one. 

Thank you Two Fingers Drinks for a fabulous evening!


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